Thursday, August 11, 2022

Serena Williams Responds to Trump’s Claim That She’s ‘Intimidated’ by Maria Sharapova’s ‘Supermodel Good Looks’

*Tennis legend Serena Williams has beaten Maria Sharapova in 19 of 21 matches in 14 years, yet western media insists on reporting them as rivals.

And it appears that Ms. Williams is over having to endure the endless and oftentimes ridiculous and race-tinged questions from reporters about it.

But many fans feel this latest inquiry fired at Serena – which is now a moot point since she dropped out of the French Open earlier today because of an injury – is probably the most preposterous.

Here’s backdrop to the drama: Jeff Donaldson, the social media coordinator at @TennisCanada, was present at the French Open in Paris when an unknown reporter asked Serena questions that led him to tweet:

“I have never physically cringed as hard as when I read this in Serena’s transcript. Wow.”

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His reaction was in response to the transcript below featuring the question:

Q: I know that you want to get back to Olympia; work with me here, please.

Williams: Work with me (smiling).

Q: We’re in this together, baby.

Williams: No, we’re not; you’re not going home to a screaming baby.

Q: I have been waiting about 14 years to ask you this question. After the 2004 Wimbledon match with Maria, I had the opportunity to interview Donald Trump on his LA golf course, and he said that Maria’s shoulders were incredibly alluring and then he came up with this incredible analysis: that you were intimidated by her supermodel good looks. My question is: have you ever been intimidated by anyone else on a tennis court, and what are your thoughts about that occurrence?

Williams: I honestly don’t have any thoughts about that. I can’t say that I have been intimidated by anyone. That’s all. That’s it.

Serena’s comments come in the days leading up to her match against Sharapova at the French Open. But – as we said above – today, Monday (June 4), Williams withdrew with a pectoral muscle injury, minutes before she was expected to take the court to face Maria in Monday’s fourth round.

“Right now I can’t actually serve,” said Williams as she announced her withdrawal from the interview room at Roland Garros. “It’s kind of hard to play when I can’t physically serve.”

This is the latest setback in Serena’s comeback after giving birth to her daughter last September.

“I’m beyond disappointed,” Williams added. “You know, I gave up so much, from time with my daughter to time with my family. I put everything on the court, you know. All for this moment. So it’s really difficult to be in this situation, but I always, for now in my life, I just always try to think positive and just think of the bigger picture and hopefully the next events and the rest of the year.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.




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